Saturday, June 25, 2016

Jic Jac Grape

We went camping last weekend, and I brought this soda along to enjoy:

Jic Jac Grape


Brand: Jic Jac Grape.

Origin: Mukilteo, WA.

Purchase Place: "Minnesota's Largest Candy Store," Jordan, MN.

Sweetener: Cane Sugar

Review: Classic grape flavor. Went down smooth. I shared some of it with my wife's Godchild, and she thought it was tasty too. It wasn't anything amazing, but it as good!

Score: 7 out of 10.



Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Bedford's Ginger Beer

I was in the mood for something "spicy," so I cracked into this:

Bedford's Ginger Beer


Brand: Bedford's Ginger Beer.

Origin: Port Angeles, WA.

Purchase Place: Frattallone's Ace Hardware, St. Paul, MN.

Sweetener: Cane Sugar.

Review: The first thing I like to do with a ginger soda is to check the ingredients list: this had "brewed ginger root" on the list, so I was ready for a BITE. And for a guy who doesn't care for ginger beers that much, I thought this was pretty good. It had a smooth (almost creamy) initial flavor, and then each sip ended with a BIG KICK of ginger that almost stings the back of your throat. That big kick is usually why I stay away from ginger sodas, but this was alright.

Score: 6 out of 10.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Manhattan Special Sarsaparilla

I enjoyed this on a hot afternoon:

Manhattan Special Sarsaparilla


Brand: Manhattan Special Sarsaparilla.

Origin: Brooklyn, NY.

Purchase Place: "Minnesota's Largest Candy Store," Jordan, MN.

Sweetener: Cane Sugar.

Review: This had a good, deep sarsaparilla flavor with just a subtle bite to it. Nothing to fancy or unique, but pretty good. It got a BIT syrupy/sugary by the end, but overall I quite enjoyed it.

Score: 7 out of 10.

Monday, June 13, 2016

O-So Butterscotch Root Beer

I was curious, so I tried this recently:

O-So Butterscotch Root Beer


Brand: O-So Butterscotch Root Beer.

Origin: Mukilteo, WA.

Purchase Place: Frattallone's Ace Hardware, St. Paul, MN.

Sweetener: Cane Sugar.

Review: This was HEAVY on the butterscotch. It had the smoothness and creaminess of a root beer, but the flavor was about 90% butterscotch. Ideally (for me), a butterscotch root beer would taste about 20% butterscotch and 80% root beer. If you REALLY like butterscotch, then try this because you'll love it. If you just think butterscotch is OK (like me), then this could be too much for you.

Score: 3.5 out of 10.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Americana Huckleberry

I was in the mood for something berry-like the other day:

Americana Huckleberry


Brand: Americana Huckleberry.

Origin: Mukilteo, WA.

Purchase Place: Frattallone's Ace Hardware, St. Paul, MN.

Sweetener: Cane Sugar.

Review: I didn't know what huckleberry tasted like, but this was pretty good. It smelled a bit "sharp," but the taste (thankfully) wasn't as harsh. It seemed to be a bit of a mix of blueberry and strawberry. If you're a berry lover, you'll like this. Unique and pretty tasty.

Score: 7 out of 10.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Q Lemon Spectacular Sparkling Lemon

I grabbed this when I stopped at the grocery store with my boys recently:

Q Lemon Spectacular Sparkling Lemon



Brand: Q Lemon Spectacular Sparkling Lemon.

Origin: Brooklyn, NY.

Purchase Place: Lunds Grocery Store, St. Paul, MN.

Sweetener: Organic Cane Sugar.

Review: This had a unique flavor. It reminded me of unsweetened LaCroix lemon water with just a bit of a sweetness to it. There was another element to this as well. It was alright. Not to sweet (as the bottom of the can said).

Score: 6.5 out of 10.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Who has a "Soda Fridge?"

I recently saw this headline on The Onion that made me smile:



Who can relate?  :)

Friday, June 3, 2016

Point Premium Diet Root Beer

I tried Point Premium Root Beer last month, and I didn't really care for it. So what would I think of their Diet Root Beer?

Point Premium Diet Root Beer


Brand: Point Premium Diet Root Beer.

Origin: Stevens Point, WI.

Purchase Place: "Minnesota's Largest Candy Store," Jordan, MN.

Sweetener: Sucralose.

Review: This was pretty good (for a diet). It was creamy, but not TOO creamy like their regular root beer. It didn't have a great depth of flavor, which made it still seem like a diet soda, but the flavor was nice and smooth with a good amount of vanilla. Not bad.

Score: 7 out of 10.